There is no Why? There is no Because!" There is no Master Plan. There is no Plan of any kind. There is no reason for things being the way they are. Things are the way they are in response to something else being the way it is/was. BUT! Not BECAUSE something else is/was the way it is/was! The response did not have to be what it was. What is the reason things responded the way they did? There is no reason. They could have responded in countless other ways. There is no Why? There is no Because! Which should put an eternal end to all of those "If/Then" scenarios, and to the eternal idea that "all of our problems will be solved if we just kill" somebody. But, no. And this supports my argument entirely. There is no Why? means there is no predicting the future. We do what we do in response to the situation thinking that such-and-such will happen, and maybe it does, But. Other things also happen that were completely unanticipated, disrupting the flow of events and creating a flurry of situations that constitute what is generally referred to as "a mess." And this plays into Taoism full tilt, in that Taoism is about balance and harmony as a permanent response to the Yin/Yang at work in every circumstance. Alignment with the Tao is seeing what is happening in a situation and what is called for in response, taking everything into account, and responding in ways that serve what needs to happen while being careful to balance the things that are keeping what needs to happen from happening, so that the forces favoring "For" and the forces favoring "Against" are honored and respected in recognition of the importance of equilibrium and stability within the situation. That kind of approach is the end to war-- and to extreme positions of all kinds, reducing ciaos to manageable wobbles, and making life better for all concerned. Where the mountains are made low and the valleys are lifted up, and Yin/Yang are maintained within an acceptable range of balance and harmony throughout society. This cannot work without all people within the society understanding/accepting that no one can have what they want at the expense of anyone else, and everyone shares mutual responsibility for the good of the whole. Which cannot be imposed from the top down or from the outside in, but has to be organic, from inside out in response to the circumstances requiring something to be done. That response is mediated by a cultural attitude honoring the Tao, the flow of balance and harmony, throughout the culture above all else. Which is to say, an environment in which the Tao is natural and not forced. Where would you go to find one of those? It has to start where you are, with you being what is needed in each situation as it arises, and seeing what happens in response over time.
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Immediately applicable to myriad personal, social, civic, statewide, national, and international—and maybe, intergalactic—situations! I banned either/or, too, and replaced it with both/and.
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